AAR’s composite unit is to design aerodynamic composite fairings to house an anti-missile system as part of the Northrop Grumman project to provide anti-missile defence systems for commercial aircraft.
AAR is a member of the Northrop Grumman Corporation team selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Phase II of the Counter-Man Portable Air Defense Systems (Counter-MANPADS) program to protect commercial aircraft from attack by ground-based, shoulder-fired missiles.
As part of the Northrop Grumman team, AAR’s Composites manufacturing operating unit will design custom, aerodynamic composite fairings to house and protect a commercial version of Northrop Grumman’s directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system, an anti-missile system currently in production and deployed on a variety of military aircraft around the world.
“”AAR has extensive experience engineering and producing specialized composite structures for commercial and military applications,”” said Mark McDonald, Group Vice President for AAR. “”We’re pleased to have been selected by Northrop Grumman to be a part of this important program and look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art fairing design in keeping with AAR’s commitment to passenger safety.””
The commercial version of the Northrop Grumman DIRCM system is designed to be mounted to the underside of commercial aircraft, providing protection from MANPAD threats with no action required on the part of the flight crew.
Other Northrop Grumman Counter-MANPADS team members include Federal Express providing engineering services for installation, and aircraft modification and certification and Northwest Airlines, providing engineering and technical services toward the development of a commercially viable system.
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